Are you longing for Christmas? Can’t wait to warm yourself by the fireplace, drinking hot cocoa and toasting marshmallows?
Hetty Feather’s festive story is bound to get you in the Christmassy mood!
An unexpected gift leads to trouble for Hetty on Christmas Day at the Foundling Hospital, and the dreaded Matron Bottomly is delighted to have an excuse to exclude Hetty from the festive celebrations.
Poor Hetty is distraught – but just when it seems that all is lost, a dear friend arrives to whisk her away for a Christmas unlike any other . . .
Patricia M. St. John - Treasures of the Snow
This is probably Patricia St. John's most-loved childrens book, and with good reason. It presents and deals with the issues of bitterness, hatred, and unforgiveness in a way that children can understand and relate to. Set in the beautiful Swiss Alps, the story centers around Annette, who feels she can never forgive Lucien, a neighboring boy, for causing her young brother, Danny, to fall down a precipice and break his leg. Annette goes out of her way to make sure everyone else hates Lucien, too. But then some surprising things start to happen to both of them. In the end, hatred and bitterness give way to forgiveness and friendship.
Holly Webb - Oscar's Lonely Christmas
Hannah is delighted to receive a Dalmation puppy, Oscar, just before Christmas. She wishes she could spend all her time with her gorgeous puppy, but she has her school Christmas play to rehearse. Meanwhile, Oscar feels lonely and neglected. Why doesn't Hannah want to be with him any more?
Daisy Meadows - Cheryl the Christmas Tree Fairy
A brand-new holiday fairy is fluttering into bookstores, just in time for Christmas! Christmas cheer has disappeared! Rachel and Kirsty are staying at a cozy cabin in the woods for Christmas! But everything is going wrong. Even their Christmas tree is missing! The girls think they know who's causing all the holiday trouble . . . . . . and they're right! Jack Frost and his goblins have stolen Cheryl the Christmas Tree Fairy's magic tree, star, and gift. Without them, Christmas won't be festive or fun. Can Rachel and Kirsty help Cheryl, or will Jack Frost make this Christmas a catastrophe? Find the magic items in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition and help save the Christmas spirit!
Holly Webb - Timmy in Trouble
Katie can't believe it when her parents agree that she can have a puppy. And when she sees the lively Timmy, she's sure her family will fall in love with him, just as she has. But her sister Jess is worried about how Misty the cat with react to the new arrival. Katie thinks they'll get used to each other, but things don't go as planned. Every time Timmy tries to play with Misty he upsets her and gets into trouble. Timmy is so sad. Why doesn't Misty want to be friends?
Terry Deary - Horrible Christmas
HORRIBLE CHRISTMAS is filled with all the festive facts every HORRIBLE HISTORIES reader wanted to know, but were too stuffed full of mince pies to ask! The complete horrible history of Christmas tells tales from the dark days when the Puritans tried to abolish Christmas, to Christmas in the trenches when the British and Germans traded bullets for footballs. Plus dreadful jokes, rotten recipes, and a Christmas quiz!
J. R. R. Tolkien - Letters from Father Christmas
Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R.Tolkien's children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas's house into the dining-room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house! Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humour to the stories. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and 'authenticity' of Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas.
Raymond Briggs - Father Christmas
Raymond Briggs, creator of The Snowman - inspiration for The Snowman and Snowdog - introduces us to a rather grumpy Father Christmas. In this hilariously irreverent Christmas book, Father Christmas has awoken from a dream of summer sun to discover it is December 24th, Christmas Eve - the start of his longest night's work of the year! Much merriment ensues as Father Christmas travels the world, with a few issues along the way, to bring joy to children everywhere. Published 40 years ago, this delightful anniversary edition has lost none of its charm. This book was awarded The Library Association's Kate Greenaway Medal.
Harriet Muncaster - Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic
Isadora loves playing in the snow, especially when her creations come to life! But snow magic can’t last forever. Will she be able to save her new friends before they melt away? And that’s not all! This beautiful gift edition is also bursting with magical activities and things to make and do, providing hours of fun with Isadora and Pink Rabbit!
Matt Haig - A Boy Called Christmas
BELIEVE IN THE IMPOSSIBLE You are about to read THE TRUE STORY OF FATHER CHRISTMAS If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. (Because this book is FULL of impossible things.) Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin...
Anne Fine - The More the Merrier
In Ralph's house, Christmas means ten or more relatives coming to stay, including nutty Great-Aunt Ida and ghastly cousin Titania. Jammed into one house for three days, with Uncle Tristram hurling potatoes at the cat and Mum on the verge of a breakdown, it soon becomes obvious that more definitely does not mean merrier.
Matt Haig - Father Christmas and Me
LET THE BATTLE FOR CHRISTMAS BEGINIt isn't always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold.But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it's up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it's too late . . .
Matt Haig - The Girl Who Saved Christmas
JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF MAGIC If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end? When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask - Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about. Upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled. But Amelia isn't just any ordinary girl. And - as Father Christmas is going to find out - if Christmas is going to be saved, he might not be able to do it alone...
Noel Streatfeild - Christmas with the Chrystals
Mrs Cornelius has rented Caldecote Castle, in Kent, to entertain her children and grandchildren over Christmas, and she employs Ted and Rosa Chrystal to look after the kitchen. Mrs Cornelius has been married three times. Virginia, the daughter from her first marriage, has married Tom Oswald, a gardener, and has two children, Alan and Benita. There was a son, James Dawson, by Mrs Cornelius' second marriage: he has died, and his widow, Lalla, and son, Gardiner, live in America. Her third husband now lives in South Africa. From this marriage there is a son, Jan, who also lives in South Africa with his wife, Anna, and their children, Peter, Jane and Rinke. Mrs Cornelius has never seen her son-in-law, her daughers-in-law, nor any of her grandchildren. Mrs Cornelius is a very cold woman, and the children soon learn that the friendliest place at Caldecote Castle is the kitchen. The Chrystals have decorated it with Christmas cards and holly, and it is a "warm, rich-smelling place, full of atmosphere", unlike the "unlived, characterless" rooms in the rest of the castle. Gradually, the adults also find out about the welcoming atmosphere in the kitchen.
Holly Webb - Lost in the Snow
A magical, christmassy story guaranteed to melt the hearts of all animal lovers! Fluff is the smallest and weakest of the farm kittens, but she surprises everyone with her strength and spirit, and soon she and her brothers and sisters are ready for new homes. But nobody seems to want Fluff, and after a heartbreaking encounter with a little girl called Ella, she gives up on her dream of a loving home and flees the farm out into the big scary world. Soon Fluff is lost and all alone.
Matt Haig - The Truth Pixie Goes to School
New school. New friends. Same old pixie. 'Don't try to be something You really are not. Your one true self Is the best thing you've got.' In this heartwarming adventure. the Truth Pixie and her human friend go to school, face a bully and learn the importance of friendship and being yourself. With words by the bestselling mastermind Matt Haig and pictures by the inky genius Chris Mould.
Dylan Thomas - A Child's Christmas in Wales
All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged, fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hand in the snow and bring out whatever I can find... Dylan Thomas's lyrical account of his childhood Christmases in a small Welsh town, featuring wolves, bears, hippos and Mrs Prothero's cat, has become deservedly famous. This re-designed edition celebrates the centenary of his birth, and features brand-new artwork from illustrator Peter Bailey. A beautiful gift edition of a classic work from one of Britain's best-loved writers.
Bella Swift - The Pug Who Wanted to Be a Reindeer
When her family loses its Christmas spirit, Peggy heads to the North Pole to get it back! A festive adventure starring a loveable little pug with a heart of gold. Peggy's family has lost its Christmas spirit and Peggy is desperate to help them get it back. The little pug wishes she could turn into a reindeer so she could work some Christmas magic on her family. She tries eating carrots, giving herself antlers and a glowing red nose, but nothing works - and the messes she makes only create more problems at home! Finally, the brave little pug decides that the only solution is to ask Santa for help. But the North Pole is far away, and Peggy gets lost in a snowstorm before she even makes it out of town . . . Can Peggy find her way back to her family in time for a Christmas miracle?
Bella Swift - The Pug Who Wanted to Be a Unicorn
Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn . . . When she's abandoned just before Christmas, Peggy the pug puppy is taken in by a foster family with a unicorn-mad little girl named Chloe. Her older brother, Finn, doesn't little dogs. And Chloe wants a unicorn for Christmas, not a puppy. Believing that anything is possible, Peggy decides that she will somehow turn into a unicorn to make her new friends happy. All she needs is a long silky mane, a glowing horn, and the ability to do magic! Easy-peasy, right? But all of Peggy's attempts to turn into a unicorn go hilariously wrong. From knocking over the Christmas tree to getting lost in the snow and accidentally stealing the show at the nativity play, Peggy remains a pug. How will she ever find a forever home if she can't change who she is?
Lesley Sims - Christmas Around The World
Christmas customs, festive food, present-giving, songs and traditional stories from around the world with easy-reading text for children who have just started reading alone. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
J. K. Rowling - The Christmas Pig
One boy and his toy are about to change everything… Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve something terrible happens – DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, a night when all things can come to life… even toys. And Jack’s newest toy – the Christmas Pig (DP’s annoying replacement) – has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known… A heartwarming, page-turning adventure about one child’s love for his most treasured thing, and how far he will go to find it. A tale for the whole family to fall in love with, from one of the world’s greatest storytellers. A gorgeously gifty hardback, with full-colour jacket and featuring 9 black and white spreads and decorative inside art from renowned illustrator, Jim Field.